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interjection British Slang.
  1. thank you.
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Origin of ta

First recorded in 1765–75; by infantile shortening and alteration


  1. the 16th letter of the Arabic alphabet.
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Origin of ṭā

From Arabic

  1. the third letter of the Arabic alphabet.
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Origin of

From Arabic


Symbol, Chemistry.
  1. tantalum.
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  1. teaching assistant.
  2. transactional analysis.
  3. transit authority.
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or T and A

  1. Slang. tits and ass.
  2. tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy.
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Examples from the Web for ta

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Historical Examples

  • "We gotta get it out of the road," Flynn said, walking truculently up to the leech.

    The Leech

    Phillips Barbee

  • It wad be fair sinfu' no' ta tak a drop at sic a time as this.

    St. Cuthbert's

    Robert E. Knowles

  • I gotta thank you for—for buttin' in the other day, Miss Ramona.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

  • Nothing about that in the pledge, and when you sign something, you gotta pay it.

    Police Your Planet

    Lester del Rey

  • Ta business is a goot business, and t' firm is a fine old firm.

    Pirate Gold

    Frederic Jesup Stimson

British Dictionary definitions for ta


  1. British informal thank you
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Word Origin

C18: imitative of baby talk


the chemical symbol for
  1. tantalum
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abbreviation for (in Britain)
  1. Territorial Army (now superseded by TAVR)
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Word Origin and History for ta

1772, "natural infantile sound of gratitude" [Weekley].

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ta in Medicine


  1. The symbol for the elementtantalum

ta in Science



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